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Bach: Christmas Oratorio Cantata 1-3, Sir J.E. Gardiner (1/2)

First heard at church services in Leipzig between Christmas Day 1734 and Epiphany 1735, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio is divided into six cantatas, each based on a different biblical scene. This concert presents the first half of a sparkling performance given over two days at Weimar’s historic Herderkirche by the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, conducted by world-renowned Bach specialist Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Soloists Claron McFadden, Bernarda Fink, Christoph Genz and Dietrich Henschel guide us through the first part of the Christmas story, from the Birth of Christ to the Adoration of the Shepherds.

Johann Sebastian Bach
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
Cantatas 1–3


Claron McFadden soprano
Bernarda Fink alto
Christoph Genz tenor
Dietrich Henschel bass

Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists
Sir John Eliot Gardiner

EuroArts Leipzig / BBC Wales 2000